The mission was to build a powerful and silent gaming pc which is able to operate a 1440p monitor @ 165Hz and which fits in a smaler case.
- Fractal Design Define Mini C case (LxWxH 41 x 21 x 41 cm)
- Intel Core i7-7700K cpu @ 4,6Ghz (9% overclocked)
- Gainward GTX 1080 GLH video card (factory overclocked)
- 27" IPS monitor 2560 x 1440 @ 165Hz
- Samsung 960 Evo M.2 SSDs + 860 Evo SATA SSDs
- Asus Z270G Micro ATX motherboard
- Minimalistic tenkeyless tactile clicky black widow keyboard
- Onkyo 5.1 surround system
- more details see part list / part review
Sometimes I dedect strange 7700K cpu temp spikes ... "hearable" when nearly idle ?!? The cpu temp jumps not often but frequent for a very short time (<1s) from 32° to ~ 64°C so that also the cpu fan speeds up for a short time (<3s). This is very annoing. I was forced to adjust the cpu fan speed ramp so that not every silly temp spike will be hearable.
+/- fan is not as quiet as I hoped at lower speed
-- Corresponding setup manual is horrible / but I have found some good YouTube videos so that I was able to setup the cooler on my motherboard.
++ micro-ATX form factor ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )
++ two M.2 slots
++ on board Wifi
++ Asus EZ tuning wizard
-- Asus AI suite 3 software -> at the first look the frontend looks nice but when you go in deep you will be disappointed -> e.g. the Fan Xpert 4 software looses the fan setup from time to time -> take a look at the Asus forum and you'll see that there are many troubles reported with that bad software
-- Asus sonic studio 3 software for on board sound solution -> when using the optical S/PDIF connector the sonic device routing software feature will not work -> when using the HDMI connector my 5.1 AVR will be dedected correctly as 5.1 device but sonic studio 3 effects can not be used => Now I have uninstalled corresponding useless Asus software
=> I'm deeply disappointed by the Asus AI suite & Sonic Studio software. I was dazzled by the Asus marketing / product website ...
Update Feb 2018:
Asus Fan Xpert 4 software still looses fan settings from time to time ... the last / newest Asus Ai Suite 3.00.13 update hasn't fixed this problem ... no bugfix since the last 12 months ... Asus Fan Xpert 4 software = scrap.
Powerful and not too loud video card for using a 2560x1440 g-sync gaming monitor
Attention: this video card needs 3 slots space
++ Fantastic mATX case with good cable management
++ LxWxH 41 x 21 x 41 cm
+- Included Fractal Design Dynamic X2 GP-12 fans are not as quiet as I hoped. (Have replaced one at the front by two 140mm fans and in the meantime I have also replaced the 120mm fan in the back)
Good power supply with black sleeved cables and not hearable / ZERO noise.
Good 27" IPS 2560x1440 Monitor
with (for me insignificant) backlight bleeding.
In relation to the price the OSD menu is very bad and also the build-in speakers.
++ compact keyboard / I do not need a numpad
+/- "different" key legend
-- for dimming the green razer logo a little razer software tool is necessary
-- Razer Synapse software registration necessary